Today is Relaxation Day so if you were toying with the idea of ditching your jogging group to get a foot massage or putting off those chores in favor of a bath, you have an excuse to do so. American culture has a way of equating relaxing with simply being lazy, which is unfortunate. Other cultures—cultures who get plenty done, like the French and Spanish—see relaxation as an important part of a balanced life and even an integral part of moving forward. They take two-hour lunches. They take siestas during the day. Some could argue, “Yes, well, they aren’t the super powers the USA is.” Alright, but, on a sidebar: can we admit that a lot of Americans are stressed and depressed? So, is being a super power really worth it, at the cost of your happiness and wellbeing? But, I digress. You don’t need to choose between being a superpower and being happy today. Just, for today, make time to relax. Here are easy and affordable ways.
Attend a piano recital
Find a local music conservatory, college, or university that offers music programs. These will regularly put on recitals. It’s an important part of the students’ learning and progress, but the students of this level are often advanced enough to put on a good show. Plus, it’s usually cheap or quite free to the public—they need the audience.